erretres. Unstable office

erretres. Unstable office

Architect
Carlos Arroyo Architects
Location
Madrid, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2013
Category
Offices

Mutable space for work, creativity, education and fun.

Carlos Arroyo Architects as Architects

The brief required flexible workspace for a creative agency, mutable into an events area, turning into a school of design for certain months in the year, or a place to have fun - with a very limited budget. A simple and light way to transform spatial arrangements was needed. After a research about the way a creative office works, it was proposed a system by which a team could develop ideas on a mood-wall and then take the wall to the meeting room for presentations.


The agency uses honeycomb cardboard panels made from recycled paper for their presentations. We decided to use them as mobile walls, covered with a felt made from recycled plastic bottles (PET), which is sound absorbing, light, inexpensive, and good for pinning presentations on. Other panels are lined with magnetic blackboard, whiteboard, void calendars, or printed with the presentations themselves.


Two sets of rails define the potential spaces. The bottom rail is the duct for all the service cables, and the back of each panel is attached to it with a magnet. The panel is actually hanging from the top rail, which is painted in a stark colour.


The existing concrete structure and walls are all left as found, with all traces, marks and irregularities left untouched, as resulting from clearing the previously clutterd space. Everything was simply painted with the same shade of light grey, so that the panels with the creative work become the only feature.

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